Friday, Oct. 01, 2004 - 3:49 a.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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**History of Saddam Mess Revisited
Hmm, someone wrote about my "article from 2002" entry that it has been happening since before 2002. Yup. And I guess they didn't read the article. It was WRITTEN in 2002, but it was ABOUT the past 50 years or more. So yeah, my remarks in that entry weren't just about "wow, they knew this in 2002", but rather "wow in 2002 they were already writing about the deep roots of this, and it is only coming out in actual media now as if it were NEWS". yeah.
Anyways, before I write a real entry, I will post here the letter I wrote to another American friend (an uppity cartoonist) when I sent the same article to her:
The cool thing is she liked what I wrote enough to pass it on to her activism email list. Cool. And yeah, you should go read that article.
Now I do and I don't wish I had heard the debate tonight. I was picking up my Dad from the airport, and I didn't find a radio station in the area that was carrying it, if indeed it was on the radio and not just the tv.
But I did listen to a speech on CBC Radio One's Ideas program by some guy they call "The Pentagon's Favorite Arab". Ah, I looked him up, "Fouad Ajami". Turns out he is also the "Talk Show Host's Favorite Arab"... here is an article about him, and how he has had to take back a few of the "knowledgable" things he said pre-Iraq War.mmm.
He said a lot of straight up things. I really would have so much more respect for Bush if he spoke like this instead of lying all the time. But I wouldn't like him any better.
He said that they attacked Iraq instead of Saudi Arabia or other large arab countries that financed, aided, trained etc Al Qaeda terrorists because it was the easiest to pick out, Saddam the most isolated. They wanted to go into the middle of the Middle East and make a display. The "shock and awe" was for the likes of Khaddaffi, not Saddam. It was a "see what we can do" ploy. To show that America is the man. yeah.
There was and is no way they are attacking Saudi Arabia or Egypt no matter what their role was. He said it was like an arabian saying "I deal with (yell at? discipline? dang, I forget the exact words) my daughter-in-law so that the neighbor can hear". Ie then you will have no need to ever deal with the neighbor, she'll get the picture.
Anyways, he is writing some book about America's "Gift" to Iraq. I think that he's one of those arrogant people who like to remake other people's lives and pat himself on the back and say "they'll be grateful one day"... but what the hey. I dunno. I think of all the times I could have shot the lover of a friend between the eyes, while they were "trying to work things out", and then put down the smoking pistol and said "really, you'll thank me one day"... but I dunno. I think that even if it's longer and messier, people should solve their own problems for the most part, and an outsider should not use violence to "cut to the quick", saying that the ends justify the means. I dunno.
Well, that's that for now.
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